A salvo is when troops fire their guns all at the same time. A salvo of shots might signal the beginning of a military battle.

Another word for the gunfire kind of salvo is a "volley." Military planners have used salvos as a way to overwhelm an opposing army, including during engagements between battleships and tanks. You can also use salvo in a more figurative way, describing a verbal barrage or attack: "Her direct, almost rude questions were seen as the opening salvo in the battle between the two political candidates."

Definitions of salvo

n rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

burst, fusillade, volley
Type of:
fire, firing
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

n an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs

Type of:
burst, flare-up, outburst
a sudden intense happening

n a sudden outburst of cheers

“there was a salvo of approval”
Type of:
a cry or shout of approval

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